Crime

Kelowna man convicted of killing Nelsonite appeals for new trial

 The man accused of Jennifer Cusworth's death, Neil Snelson (left), has appealed for a new trial.

A 20-year-old cold case of a former Nelson resident may be heading back to trial.

CBC reported Wednesday the Kelowna man convicted of killing Nelson's Jennifer Cusworth, Neil George Snelson, has appealed to B.C. Court for a new trial.

Snelson was convicted of killing Cusworth in 2011 and handed a 15-year sentence.

Motorhome rollover in Blewett; radios stolen from Nordic Ski Club

Motorhome rollover in Blewett; radios stolen from Nordic Ski Club

Sunday afternoon Nelson RCMP was called to deal with a motor home roll over on Blewett Road west of Nelson.

The call came in at 1:48 p.m. that a large white Ford motor home rolled down the embankment near Carlson Road.

The recreation vehicle was heading east on Blewett road when it was forced to the shoulder by a west-bound vehicle that cross over the center line possibly contributing to the motor home going over the edge from the soft shoulder.

No one was injured in the accident.

Nelson Police deal with another suspected jumper at Big Orange Bridge

The Big Orange Bridge was the scene of another jumper Saturday.

Quick actions by a Nelson Police officers may have saved a 26-year-old woman from serious injury during a potential suicide attempt Saturday at the Big Orange Bridge in Nelson.

This is the third time in the past few months Nelson Police have dealt with a possible jumper at the Big Orange Bridge.

The incident began when police dispatchers received a call Saturday (September 14) from Nelson Mental Health regarding a client leaving a Following a search by both Nelson Mental Health workers and police the client was located mid-span on the orange bridge.

Thrums accident thought to be alcohol related

Thrums accident thought to be alcohol related
A crash that saw a vehicle roll down a ditch near Thrums last night appears to be alcohol related, according to Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Dan Pollock.
 
"On Sept. 12 at around 6:45 p.m., a member of the public observed a vehicle driving erratically and then going off road into the ditch on Highway 3A about four kilometers north east of Castlegar," Pollock said.

Drug suspect evades police by jumping into Kootenay River

Drug suspect evades police by jumping into Kootenay River

A suspect remains at large and is considered a missing person after jumping into the Kootenay River near Cranbrook to evade the RCMP drug task force Wednesday afternoon.

Jason Baker, 40, fled arrest by jumping into the Kootenay River as Cranbrook/Kimberley RCMP drug task force located two males in possession of a large amount of cocaine adjacent to the Wardner/Ft Steele Road near the intersection of Highway 3.

When officers moved in to make an arrest, and took one male into custody, the second male fled.

Police warn public of pyramid scheme making rounds in Nelson

Police warn public of pyramid scheme making rounds in Nelson

Nelson police are sounding the alarm bells on a pyramid scheme making its rounds in the Heritage City under the disguise of a “women’s circle”.

The scheme, or “circle” as NPD Sgt. Paul Bayes describes, requires women to provide a $5,000 gift to another woman in the circle. 

Bayes said eventually the first woman will move to a different level in the Circle and where she is promised a gift herself. 

“This gift is anticipated to be much larger than the gift originally given,” Bayes explains.

Police step up enforcement of distracted drivers throughout September

Texting while driving can cost more than just in the pocket book.

The B.C. government, ICBC and police launched a month-long distracted driving campaign using a driving simulator to demonstrate the impact of distractions behind the wheel.
 
Distracted driving is the third leading cause of fatal car crashes in B.C., trailing behind speed and impaired driving.

On average, 91 people are killed each year in B.C. due to driver distractions, such as using a hand-held electronic device behind the wheel. Thirty-four of those deaths happen in the Southern Interior.

UPDATED: Both prison escapees now in custody

UPDATED: Both prison escapees now in custody

Update: The West Shore RCMP wishes to advise that the second escapee from William Head Federal Correctional Facility, Dean Allen Benton, was located and taken into custody without incident at 10 a.m. Sept. 8. An officer on routine patrol located him in the 2000 block of Sooke Road in Colwood near the Hatley Park Memorial Park. The first escapee, Brian Peter Patrick, was arrested without incident at 11 a.m. Sept. 7 in Langford.

Counterfeit U.S. bills turning up in Nelson

Nelson Police is warning businesses of counterfeit U.S bills turning up in Heritage City.

Nelson Police is sending out an urgent message for local merchants to be vigilant when accepting American currency after several reports of counterfeit bills turning up in the Heritage City.

Acting Sergeant David Laing of the Nelson Police said in a statement the department has received numerous reports of counterfeit U.S bills in the past few days.

“Merchants are reminded to be diligent with all currency and make staff aware of all the security features present in both U.S and Canadian currency,” Laing explained.

Police impersonator, times three, in Chase

Police impersonator, times three, in Chase

A want-to-be police officer is making the rounds in Chase, RCMP reported Thursday.

Chase RCMP has confirmed that a third incident of a police impersonator occurred on (Friday) August 30 in the North Shuswap area.

A vehicle of similar description to the two previous and recent similar incidents is suspect again.

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